When residents in the military housing communities near Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) turned in for the night on Tuesday, July 11, they probably didn’t expect to wake up to flooded basements.
Overnight and into the early morning hours, many areas in Lake County, including NSGL, received wave after wave of heavy rains that caused damage to facilities on base, in housing and roadways in and around the base. According to the National Weather Service, the area where military families live and work received about 5.5 inches of rainfall throughout the night.
After the rain subsided, it was time to assess the damage and begin to plan for the recovery of things that had been lost. One person in this process, Emergency Management Officer Molly Schoblocher, explains the process of the response to an incident like this one.
“The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will help to coordinate assessments. We’ll make sure it’s safe to go out. When people are out doing damage assessments, we tell them to give us the information so we can see everything in real time and respond,” said Schoblocher.
About 43 buildings on the base and more than 150 homes were affected throughout family housing with some type of water damage or intrusion. According to the Navy Great Lakes Family Housing Facebook page, teams of approximately 150 technicians are working through the drying process and will be conducting periodic checks on the status of each home.
NSGL Commanding Officer Capt. James Hawkins is ultimately responsible for the Sailors and their families and explained that anyone with issues needs to use their chain of command.
“I would like all of the Sailors and their families who have been affected by the recent storms to know that we are working closely with Hunt companies to resolve any issues that you may have with your house. Please don’t forget to use your chain of command to bring up any issues that you might be having and if you need any type of assistance be sure to contact the people at Fleet and Family Support Center and the Emergency Family Assistance Center.”
If you know of any displaced military families or are a military member that has been displaced and have questions, please call the Emergency Family Assistance Center at 847-489-1922 or the Fleet And Family Support Center at 847-688-3603.
Police/Fire Emergency on base 847-688-3333 or 9-911
Police/Fire Emergency in housing 911
Police on base 847-688-5555
Fire on base 847-688-2135
Emergency Family Assistance Center 847-489-1922
Fleet and Family Support Center at 847-688-3603
Family Housing 847-688-3440
Traffic Updates visit www.lakecountypassage.com
Official NSGL info www.facebook.com/NavalStationGreatLakes and twitter.com/navstaglakes
More resources at navyfamily.navy.mil
NFAAS Needs Assessment at https://nfda.navyfamily.navy.mil or call 1-888-231-0714
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 847-688-6830
Greater Chicago American Red Cross 312-729-6100